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Mississippi v. Tennessee: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Groundwater in Interstate Aquifer Is Not Owned by States but Is Equitably Apportioned Among Them

By Roderick E. Walston In Mississippi v. Tennessee, ___U.S.___, Case No. 143 Original (Nov. 22, 2021), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that in a…

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Lower Colorado River Basin Water Agencies Reach Agreement on 500+ Plan as Drought Response Efforts Continue

By Wesley A. Miliband and Kristopher T. Strouse At the December 15, 2021 Colorado River Water Users Association conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, water…

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California Court of Appeal Upholds Denial of Union’s Permissive Intervention into Complex CEQA Matter

By Travis Brooks In a decision filed November 4, 2021, the Second District Court of Appeal upheld a Los Angeles County Superior Court order refusing…

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U.S. District Court Rejects Tribal Challenge to Existing Licensed Hydroelectric Project

By Jamie Morin U.S. District Court Judge, Barbara Rothstein has dismissed claims filed by the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe seeking relief from continued operation of a…

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Department of The Interior Approves Solar Projects on BLM-Managed California Lands, Solicits Interest for Leasing Lands in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada

By Deborah Quick, Esq. Advancing the Biden administration’s goal of substantially increasing the production of renewable energy from federally-owned lands, on December 21, 2021 the…

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$1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Legislation Provides Funding and NEPA Streamlining for Key Environmental and Infrastructure Projects

By Hina Gupta, Esq. On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the landmark $1.2 trillion infrastructure legislation package, more commonly referred to as the Infrastructure…

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In a Landmark Decision, the California Court of Appeal Holds that a City’s Decision to Deny an Application For a Multifamily Building Violated the State’s Housing Accountability Act

By Laura Harris The First District Court of Appeal in California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund v. City of San Mateo held that the…

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California Court of Appeal Upholds Application of CEQA Urban Infill Exemption to Gas Station Project

By Travis Brooks In a case filed on September 28, 2021 and certified for publication on October 26, 2021, the Fourth District Court of Appeal…

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Ninth Circuit Vacates Judgement Requiring Clean Water Act Citizen Suit to Prove Ongoing Discharge in Case Alleging Monitoring Violations

By Carl Jones and Rebecca Andrews The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on September 20, 2021, vacated a U.S. District court’s grant of partial summary…

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Biden Administration Begins Process of Reversing Trump-Era Amendments to NEPA Regulations—CEQ Releases Proposed Rule

By Deborah Quick The Bident administration has begun the process of reversing various Trump administration amendments to regulations governing agencies’ implementation the National Environmental Policy…

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